Dear friends,

I have to share some sad news with this morning, Muriel Langley passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday morning. We hold Clive and her friends in prayer at this time.

The other day I began sorting and tidying my resources boxes – a mammoth task! I came across a card board suit of armour, I smiled remembering how we had made them at a Messy Church when we focused on the words ‘The armour of God provided for you’.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6: 10-11)

The apostle Paul teaches us in the book of Ephesians that we are equipped with the ‘armour of God’, so that we can draw strength from him. Wow! Don’t we need to be reminded of that right now, every time we feel fed up, frustrated and lonely. Paul also goes on to say that this armour of god will allow us to ‘stand your ground’.

In Christ we are a warrior, we may not feel it, but we have access to all the armour we need to defeat the enemy in area in our lives.

When we are having a day that doesn’t feel so good let us put on…

-        The belt of truth so that we live in the truth of scripture

-        As we put on the breast of righteousness, we know we have right standing with God because of Jesus

-        We walk in the peace of God wearing the Shoes of peace.

-        We hold before us the shield of faith, believing in God’s promises

-        We place upon our heads the helmet of salvation, secure in the knowledge that hope accompanies that salvation.

-        We clutch our sword of the spirit as we speak the Word of God to all we meet.

Let us put on the full armour of God and stand strong! We are stronger than we think we are. We can do whatever we need to do with God’s help.

Dear God, today we put on the full armour to guard our lives against attack. We put on the belt of truth to protect against lies and deception. We put on the breastplate of righteousness to protect our hearts from the temptations we battle. We put the gospel of peace on our feet, so we’re ready to take your light wherever you send us this day. We choose to walk in the peace and freedom of your Spirit and not be overcome with fear and anxious thoughts. We take up your shield of faith that will extinguish all the darts and threats hurled our way by the enemy. We believe in your power to protect us and choose to trust in you. We put on the helmet of salvation, which covers our minds and thoughts, reminding us we are children of the day, forgiven, set free, saved by the grace of Christ Jesus. We take up the sword of the Spirit, your very Word, the one offensive weapon given to us for battle, which has the power to demolish strongholds, alive, active, and sharper than any double-edged sword.

We ask for your help in remembering to put on your full armour every day, for you give us all that we need to stand firm in this world. Forgive us God for the times we’ve been unprepared, too busy to care, or trying to fight and wrestle in our own strength.

Thank you that we never fight alone, for you are constantly at work on our behalf, shielding, protecting, strengthening, exposing deeds of darkness, bringing to light what needs to be known, covering us from the cruel attacks we face even when we’re unaware. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.

God bless, Tanya